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  • 1. North West Gateway Strategic Alliance Paul Hannigan President Letterkenny IT Professor Bernie Hannigan Pro-Vice -Chancellor for Strategic Projects University of Ulster
  • 2. Collaborative Proposal
    • North West Gateway Strategic Alliance
    • Collaboration between Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) and University of Ulster (Ulster)
  • 3. Strategic Context
    • National Development Plan (NDP) 2007-2013:
    • A significant upgrading of higher education capacity in the North West and the border region through strategic alliances between the educational institutions, North and South.
  • 4. Integrated Planning
    • North West Gateway Strategic Alliance
    • - a complete specification for the delivery of additional higher education capacity for the Gateway.
  • 5.
    • Established 1971
    • 2,500 full-time students
    • Two campuses Letterkenny & Killybegs
    • Four schools: Business, Engineering, Science and Tourism
    • Delegated authority to Level 9 (taught masters)
    • Semesterised and Modularised September 2007
    LYIT Profile
  • 6. University of Ulster Profile
    • Formed 1984 with individual campus origins from 1890
    • 27,000 students
    • Four campuses Belfast, Coleraine, Jordanstown, Magee (Derry) and online Campus One
    • Six faculties: Art, Design and the Built Environment; Arts; Ulster Business School; Computing & Engineering; Life & Health Sciences; Social Sciences
    • Each Faculty has Undergraduate Schools, a Research Graduate School and Research Institutes
  • 7. LYIT Mission
    • “ To continuously develop as an academic institution of international repute, serving regional and national needs and pursuing, in a collaborative fashion, an ambitious progressive agenda that delivers on the aspirations of its vibrant Institute population and its external stakeholders .”
  • 8.
    • “ To be a university with a national and international reputation for excellence, innovation and regional engagement ”.
    University of Ulster Vision
  • 9. Campus Locations
  • 10. Existing Collaboration
    • MSc in Innovation Management in the Public Sector
    • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice (PgCHEP)
    • EpiCentre (Electronics, Production & Innovation Centre)
    • North West Workforce Development Forum
    • North West Science and Technology Partnership
    • Gateway Innovation Fund
  • 11. Project Costs
    • Project Cost €1.86 M
    • SIF 2 Funding Awarded €893,000
    • Matching Funding €963,000 from LYIT and UU
    • Additional Matching Funding from the Centre for Cross Border Studies €70,000
  • 12. Stages in the LYIT – Ulster project
    • Scoping Study – to end 2008:
    • Demographic and socio-economic data analysis; HE operating environments in NI and ROI; institutional profiles and capacity for development; survey of employers, students and prospective students, staff; international exemplars
    • Recommendations on future opportunities for collaborative development
  • 13. Stages in the LYIT – Ulster project
    • Stage 2 – to end 2009
    • A blueprint for inter-institutional collaboration to realise the opportunities suggested by the Scoping Study
  • 14. Emerging Headline Findings
    • The population of the NW region grew by 3.3% in 2002 – 06 while the Greater Belfast area reduced by 0.6%. Letterkenny is the fastest growing town with an Institute of Technology
    • Projection of significant growth in the age 25+ population
    • In 2006 the number of HE places per 1000 population was 23 in the NW against 57 in Greater Belfast and 54 in Dublin area
    • HE graduates comprise a lower fraction of the working age population of the NW region than the average for NI or RoI.
    • (In NI, 17% against 23% average)
    • The proportion of employees without any qualification is highest in the NW region
    • Business and employers in the NW strongly advocate greater emphasis on collaboration among HE providers focussing on the skills needed for employment
    • Currently both LYIT and Ulster provide direct support for start-up businesses
  • 15. Preliminary Indications
    • Work so far indicates that there is considerable opportunity to develop the HE capacity of the NW region. Having two HE institutions with elements of similarity in their mission is a great asset that can be augmented through collaboration.
    • A focus on lifelong learning rather than on school-leavers may achieve greater impact
    • This would include provision for people already in employment
    • Collaborative provision of education and skills for higher value employment, including R&D, would be possible
    • Collaboration would also enhance the provision of direct services to businesses, e.g. via mentoring support or consultancy